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15 Cancer Causing Foods You Have To Stop Eating

You are likely aware that eating junk food is a major risk factor for cancer. But did you know that some so-called health foods are actually carcinogens in disguise?

Or that certain ingredients found in virtually all packaged foods present a serious health risk?

By being an informed consumer, we can help influence for good the types of products that end up on our grocery shelves, and enjoy better health to boot.

Read on to discover 15 very common foods known to increase cancer risk, along with some healthier alternatives.

1. Soda
Not only is soda jampacked with sugar – cancer’s fuel of choice – but it often also contains caramel color. This artificial coloring has the carcinogenic chemical 4-MEI as a byproduct. Laboratory tests show that 4-MEI shows up in sodas with caramel color.

Alternatives – Water is always best, but if you really crave the sweet, bubbly hit of soda, choose a natural brand without caramel color.

2. Grilled red meat
While a nice char on that steak may taste good, the …

Building Muscle On A Vegetarian Diet

More and more people have shifted to adopt a plant-based diet due to its touted health benefits and nutritional strongpoints. However, many weight-trainers hesitate to make this lifestyle change due to one glaring question: is it still possible to build muscle?

Building Muscle On A Vegetarian Diet

For years, the conventional belief has been that meat was the only way to build muscle. However, well-planned vegetarian diets that include other high-quality proteins can also assist in muscular development – no steak required.

The protein sources and types are going to vary with each athlete, depending on which vegetarian type diet they have assumed. Looking at some of the main categories, a lacto-ovo vegetarian consumes a diet that excludes meat, poultry and fish but does include eggs and dairy products, which are good sources of protein. Similarly, a lactovegetarian’s diet is one that excludes meat, poultry, fish and eggs but does include dairy products. Lastly, a vegan diet is one that excludes all animal products, include eggs, milk, cheese and other dairy products. In this case, the individual must rely solely on plant protein sources to meet protein needs.

Protein Quality Is Key
Not all protein sources are created equal. It comes down to the amino acids that make up the protein that our bodies need. Meat, eggs and dairy products tend to be the most coveted protein sources, due to the fact that they contain all nine essential amino acids in the ratios that we require. On the other hand, some plant-based proteins do not contain these essential amino acids in the necessary proportions. Many protein sources of non-animal origin usually have all of the essential amino acids, but the amounts of one or two of them may be low. For this reason, it is typically recommended to eat a variety of grains, legumes, vegetables, seeds, and nuts throughout the day. This way, if one food happens to be lacking in a particular amino acid, another food can help make up the deficit.

Eat Protein at Every Meal
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends that vegetarian athletes who are looking to build muscle eat good quality protein at every meal. These proteins should be paired with a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, vegetables and plenty of water as well.

Overall, vegetarian or vegan diets that meet an individual’s energy needs and that contain a variety of plant-based protein foods such as soy products, legumes like beans or lentils, grains, nuts and seeds can provide ample protein for athletes without the use of special foods or supplements.